The Australian National University are working in partnership with Canberra Hospital and the University of Aarhus in Denmark to study a new ‘3 Tesla’ MRI scanner, which is able to offer a greater level of detail and clarity when assessing road trauma injuries than the currently used ‘1.5 Tesla’ units. Whiplash is often difficult to diagnose as it is hard to assess structural damage to the neck. The researchers are working with young people aged 18-29 who have received neck injuries after a car accident.
Whiplash is the most commonly recorded injury amongst claimants involved in a motor collision and accounts for 45% of all claims, according to the New South Wales Motor Accident Authority. This new scanner should enable easier diagnosis of whiplash and road trauma injuries, helping to eliminate doubt over the extent of injuries when it comes to making a claim for personal injury compensation or disability benefit. With the number of casualties from car crash injuries in the Australian Capital Territory seeking medical treatment rising from 238 in 2003 to 670 in 2012, there is an increasing demand for medical equipment which can diagnose road trauma injuries more accurately.
Have you suffered whiplash?
Whiplash usually occurs after being involved in a road traffic accident. On impact, the jolting of a person’s head backwards and forwards can damage tendons and ligaments in the neck. Symptoms of whiplash may take six to 12 hours to develop and usually continue to worsen for several days before getting better. Symptoms can include tenderness, neck pain, stiffness and a reduction in neck movement as well as headaches. Whiplash usually gets better on its own and taking paracetamol or ibuprofen can relieve pain. In some cases, whiplash may last for six months or more (chronic whiplash) and physiotherapy may be needed.
How to claim compensation for whiplash
If you have been injured in a car accident which was someone else’s fault and suffered whiplash as a result, you could be eligible to claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today and we can offer confidential, no-obligation advice. We’ll usually be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim and you don’t need to worry about expensive upfront fees, as all our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis. Whether you have suffered minor whiplash injuries which have caused loss of earnings or are suffering from chronic whiplash, call us today and we can help.
Date Published: May 10, 2014
Author: David Brown